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These Local Journalists are Fighting for Clean Water for Their Communities
SIWI - Stockholm International Water Institute

When Pakistani journalist Farahnaz Zahidi learnt about a water contamination crisis in the village of Tharparkar, she didn’t stop reporting until authorities took action. Farahnaz wrote extensively about an entire village that walks bent over due to fluorosis and water contamination. She used Facebook, Twitter and other social media to draw the public’s attention and put pressure on the government. Her stories and relentless efforts led to Pakistan’s Armed Forces and development sector finally setting up water plants in the village.

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Coke and Pepsi, gardening together in Mexican mountains to preserve urban water
Jason Margolis

The semiarid Mexican city of Monterrey has two major challenges with water: either there is not enough of it, or there’s far too much.Improving and fixing the area’s infrastructure could cost billions. But a US environmental organization has a far cheaper solution, and it’s getting rival corporations — like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo — to come together to pay for it.

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For Too Many Women, Access to Water Is About More Than Thirst
Nicole Wickenhauser

Every day, millions of women and children around the world walk an average of 3.7 miles in order to collect water that’s often unclean and unsafe for consumption by their families. These millions of women and children spend a collective 125 million hours a day collecting water—only to return to their homes where they labor to ensure the health and well-being of their entire families.

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I Feel Beautiful for the First Time
Becky Straw

The average woman in Africa walks three miles every day for water. Often, it’s water from putrid rivers or disease-infested swamps. Worldwide, women are more than twice as likely as men to collect drinking water. With the new freshwater wells in their villages – women have time to feel beautiful again.

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Eva Tolage 17 Year Old Clean Water Petition
This 17 Year Old Petitioned Her Govt. for Clean Water and WON
Eva Tolage

“I’ve learned that the voice of young people like me is important and should be heard. With friends, my community and supporters, we have proved that our power really can change things, that if we stand together leaders will listen. I am so grateful to every individual who in any way supported me. I know this is not my win, it is our win. Me and millions of other young people know our rights and are not afraid to fight for them. Access to clean water is my right, and now I have it.” – Eva Tolage

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Red Cross Steps up to Provide Food and Water in East Africa
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Inconsistent rainfall, extreme heat, flooding, and low crop yields have led to severe food insecurity for more than 20 million people in east Africa. In response, the American Red Cross has contributed $650,000 to help people struggling to feed their families in two countries, Kenya and South Sudan. The financial contribution is aiding local Red Cross teams in their efforts to save lives.

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